Originally Posted by TheOldRoman
Even if a person thought the Mariners would be better than the Sox this year, the Sox still have a better chance of making it in. It's common sense. The Sox are pretty solidly in the top two of their division. Most of these "experts" will probably pick the Sox to finish second, and that's probably the most likely outcome. The Mariners are most likely to finish fourth. I'd much rather have to leapfrog one team than three. As for Wild Card possibilities, look at the strengths of the division. The Mariners get the hapless Astros, but they also have to play three playoff teams intra-division. The Sox get the hapless Twins, but also the mediocre Indians and Royals.
All right, so BP doesn't agree with that. You'll notice they have the Sox barely clinging to 3rd. BFD.